‘Oil and gas still an attractive career’

Oil and gas professionals would recommend a career in the industry to the next generation despite recent market challenges. That’s the result of a survey from Rigzone, an online resource […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Oil and gas professionals would recommend a career in the industry to the next generation despite recent market challenges.

That’s the result of a survey from Rigzone, an online resource for data in the sector, which asked around 1,000 professionals from 74 countries.

It found 84% of oil and gas workers would recommend the industry as a career choice to students.

That’s because of its long-term future due to high energy demand and competitive salaries.

Health, safety and workforce development are the main areas of investment in the industry, said professionals.

Nearly half (46%) said they believe the industry is inspirational and 10% said the sector is not doing enough to inspire emerging talent.

In terms of graduate or internships programmes, 76% said they didn’t participate in those schemes and 70% believe they are valuable.

Mark Guest, Rigzone’s Strategic Development Director said: “We know petroleum engineering graduates and apprentices are facing tougher competition for entry-level positions in today’s challenging market. But what this survey tells us is that, even in the face of difficult times, those professionals already working in the industry believe that companies need to continue to invest in the recruitment and development of young talent.

“Continued investment in future talent is the only way to ensure the oil and gas sector avoids a skills gap in the medium- to long-term.”